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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, RKO paid $100,000 for the rights to the play. Another item in Hollywood Reporter notes that camerman Russell Metty briefly took over shooting for Frank Redman when Redman had to attend a funeral. Eddie Bracken, Desi Arnaz, Hal LeRoy, Libby Bennett, Ivy Scott, Byron Shores and Van Johnson all reprised their stage roles for this picture, which marked the feature film debut of all but LeRoy, and director George Abbott produced the original stage version. Modern sources add that Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, who were married in 1941, met while filming this picture.